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Rambo (NES)

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Who needs originality when you can just rip off Zelda 2 on the NES?
Genre(s): Action
Platform(s): Nintendo Entertainment System
Release: December 4, 1987 (Japan)
May 24, 1988 (US)
Developer(s): Pack-In-Video
Publisher(s): Pack-in-Video (Japan)
Acclaim Entertainment (US)
Series: Rambo
Predecessor: Super Rambo Special (chronologically)
Successor: Rambo III

Rambo is a 1987 video game, published by Acclaim Entertainment and developed by Pack-in-Video. It is loosely based on the 1985 movie Rambo: First Blood Part II.

Why It Sucks

  1. The game borrows from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and implements its mechanics haphazardly. The experience system is taken from Zelda II, which was released nearly a year earlier in Japan.
  2. The password system is quite convoluted due to the font used in this game. Some lowercase letters can be mistaken for uppercase letters or numbers.
  3. The screen repeatedly flashes red when your HP is low. There's no way to disable this.
  4. Your default weapon, the knife, has pathetic range. It tries to copy the Sword from Zelda II but with even shorter range.
    • While you can get better weapons, they have limited ammunition.
  5. The graphics and sprites are sub-par for its time. Rambo's side-scrolling sprite barely resembles his likeliness.
  6. It can get too difficult for its own good at times. A good example is when you get to the base, where special forces take a lot of hits before they go down.
  7. The controls don't seem to be responsive at times.
  8. You can easily get lost wandering in the jungles of Vietnam. Due to some screens looking similar to one another, you can imagine how frustrating it was to spend hours going in an endless loop and not understand why.
  9. Poor hitboxes. Your knife sometimes can stab an enemy and it doesn't register as a hit.
  10. The final boss fight against the chopper is impossible if you don't have the right weapons for it.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The music is at least good.
  2. It follows the plot of First Blood Part II faithfully, for the most part.
  3. The American version fixes Rambo's hair color from talking sense. (while the Japanese version of Rambo's hair is green)



AVGN Enraged.jpg "What were they thinking?"
The Shit Scale
Games that are debatably bad High level of shit contamination The very high category The severe zone Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Major code red
This game/console belongs to the "High Level of Shit Contamination" category of the AVGN's Shit Scale.
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